Bibliophilia is a Serious Condition

Bibliophilia is a Serious Condition // aboyagirlandthemarinecorps.comSo, I’m making awesome headway on my 101 in 1001 list.  I’ve done way better than I thought I would.  Sadly, there is really no hope I will finish it.  It’s not that I don’t want to and I consult my list all the time to see if I can knock something off it today… The problem is the reading.

I read… A lot…. When my husband was deployed I was averaging 6 books a month.  That went down when he got home and I went back to school, but I still read a lot.  And lately, I’ve been reading books faster than I ever thought I would be able to.  Between book reviews and all, I’m more than going to finish many of my reading goals.  So what’s the problem?

The problem is that I forgot about my addiction to books.  I made one of my goals to read all the books I own that I haven’t read yet.  When I wrote it last winter, that was already a daunting task.  I don’t want to admit in public how many books I own that I have never read.  And considering how much I actually read, it’s even more embarrassing.  I just really like to buy books.  A LOT. A REALLY LOT.

And yet, in spite of having all of those books I’ve never read, and all the books I’ve read so far, I’m making very little headway.  And by very little, I mean that I’m actually moving backwards.  For all the books I’ve read so far this year, I’ve bought more than that.

I’m so ashamed.

I thought I could stop.  But I can’t.

I am looking at my stacks of books.  The stack on my night stand, the shelves full in my office, the list on my Nook and the ones on my computer that haven’t even made it to my Nook yet… And I won’t admit how many Kindle books I have for reading on my Kindle app, or iBooks for my iPad… Oh, God.  I have a serious problem.

I suppose the first step in recovering from addiction is admitting you have a problem… The second step would be wanting to do something about that problem.  But I don’t want to.  For all the guilt I have for owning all the books I don’t read and watching my 101 in 1001 list go down the drain, I know I’m not going to stop.

To make my admission to you all even more embarrassing, with all these books unread, I’m currently reading a library book.  I’m going to say that again to let it sink in…  I own who knows how many books I have never read.  And yet, I’m CURRENTLY, RIGHT NOW, reading a library book instead.

I wonder if there is a Book Buyers Anonymous group I can join?  Who am I kidding?  I’m not going to stop.  I like books too much.  And I LOVE the under $5 section on Barnes and Noble’s website, have a huge collection of public domain books, and like to buy books at our libraries annual sale to raise money and ask for them for gifts.

See… It’s a true sickness.

About A Girl

A Girl is a 20 something blogger who began blogging in 2008 as a means of coping with a deployment. She is a Veterinary Technician by trade and loves her work in Emergency and Critical Care. She is married to a 11 year veteran of the USMC reserves, whom she meet shortly after he returned from a deployment. They have been married for four years, have three, very bratty dogs, and are currently trying to muddle through the aftermath of a difficult deployment for both.

6 thoughts on “Bibliophilia is a Serious Condition

  1. Thank goodness for the Kindle, Superhubby has no idea how many books I REALLY have! :) I have a problem too and it’s one of my goals to read more of the books I own too. In fact, it made it in on to my 50 Bookish Things to do before I die book bucket list too :)

    We have a monthly goals linky too if you’d like to link up with us :) I still have to work on my May goals but reading is always a part of it.
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  2. I do the same thing! I can’t walk into a bookstore without coming out with at least one new book. I don’t really notice my addiction until it’s time to move again and then I realize how many I haven’t read…
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  3. I have the same addiction. My husband is still learning to cope. ;)
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  4. Don’t feel bad. I used to buy so many books, I could never keep up. For the most part, I’ve stopped buying them. Instead, I’ve discovered the free downloads on Amazon. Every week or 2, I’ll check out their top 100 free downloads and get anything that looks remotely good. Some suck and some are really good. They mostly end up being romances, but who cares! I will pay for something if I really want to read it though.

  5. Pics or it didn’t happen.

    I would buy SO MANY books. but alas, I can’t. I have a $50 credit at the local second hand store. My goal is to use it this summer.
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  6. I also love reading. And there is nothing wrong with buying more books before you read all of the other ones. I have an ever-growing stack next to my bed.
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